Geldof's Ten Alps snaps up another documentary maker

Bob Geldof's television production group Ten Alps consolidated its position as one of the UK's foremost makers of factual programming by announcing the acquisition yesterday of Hart Davies, an independent producer with a strong track record in making observational documentaries.

For the first time, Geldof held a City presentation yesterday to a group of seven fund managers at Collins Stewart's offices yesterday. He even took along his 92-year-old father, who is also called Bob, with whom he was spending the day.

The former Boomtown Rats singer, who dressed smartly for the occasion and kept his language uncharacteristically clean, waxed lyrical about his latest acquisition and the company's future.

David Hart and Guy Davies, who are executive producers of Hart Davies, will receive £1.05m for the production company which has made television programmes including The Trust, a fly-on-the-wall documentary for Channel 4 on the National Health Service, and Mersey Blues, a BBC2 series about police officers on Merseyside.

Ten Alps, which has acquired a steady stream of independent producers who are renowned for making high-quality documentaries over the past four years, is poised to step up a level in the size of company it is targeting.

The group, which Geldof co-founded in 1999 and of which he is still a non-executive director, also plans to open its first US office in Washington DC this year.

It has hired Collins Stewart to boost its image in the City as one of the top providers of television content in an era when broadband has opened up multiple new outlets for programme makers and content is king.

Ten Alps' chief executive Alex Connock said: "Over the last few years we have acquired very high-end factual companies. One has to set out one's stall in a complicated world and we take the Ronseal approach - it does what it says on the tin. Hart Davies is very good at actuality-based observational documentary. It is an old-style acquisition. Over the next few years we may well want to scale up the type of acquisitions we're working on."

In 2002, Ten Alps acquired Brook Lapping, a producer of political documentaries, for £2.35m. On the back of its film about the September 11 attacks, called The Flight That Fought Back, which was the highest rated show on the Discovery US channel for five years, Brook Lapping has been commissioned to make the definitive programme about Hurricane Katrina.

Ten Alps acquired the independent factual producers 3BM and Blakeway Productions in 2004.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
ebooks
ebooksA special investigation by Andy McSmith
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs Media

Guru Careers: PR Account Manager / AM

£20-30K(DOE) + Excellent Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a PR Account M...

Guru Careers: Account Manager / Account Executive

Competitive (DOE) + Benefits: Guru Careers: One of the UK’s largest and most s...

Guru Careers: Marketing and Communications Manager

£Competitive (DOE) + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Marketing and Co...

Guru Careers: Digital Designer / Interactive Designer

£ Highly Competitive (DOE): Guru Careers: A Digital Designer / Interactive Des...

Day In a Page

Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

How a costume drama became a Sunday night staple
Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

Aviation history is littered with grand failures

But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

Fortress Europe?

Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence